The Assistant Moderator welcomed the members to the meeting.
Two new members, Jeanclaude Mboka and Boniface Musyoka introduced themselves. The most important requirements for membership were outlined.
The members also received a set of African writings (books) to read. Alimas Kaluta was also presented with them.
Internet User Workshop
Ricardo Benon assisted with the training. The members were reminded and practiced how to vote for their best proverb of the month on the Afriprov website, and how to the use the Ethnologue to obtain information on a specific ethnic language.
The members confirmed that they had been using the www.afriprov.org website.
Reading the minutes of the previous meeting held on 27th February 2016
The members had already read the minutes on the website and therefore, they were not read at the meeting.
Matters arising from the previous minutes
a) The second half grants were given to the members who had completed their projects fully and met all the requirements:
b)The first half grants for new projects were given to three members.
Presentations of new research proposals
As required by the new guidelines, the members presented their proposals verbally to the meeting. This facilitated a voting by members, questions and clarifications about the content, and also to confirm that 2 examples of the proverbs were included in the document. If supported, then the member would proceed with the research of the new ethnic language.
The layout and imagery was also encouraged in the work, to improve the appearance, understanding and contents of the proposal.
The executive committee would later recheck the proposal to ensure it met all the requirements.
Name Ethnic language Country
1. Elias Bushiri Bangubangu DRC
2. Margaret Wambere Duruma Kenya
3. Alimasi Kaluta Nyankore Uganda
4. Gabriel Odhiambo Teso Kenya/Uganda
Two proposals would be handled administratively by the committee to determine whether to allow the members to proceed with the research or not. These proposals had technical issues, such as distance of original ethnic group from the researcher, poor layout and the need for editing, among others. Sikitoka had presented his Nyanga proposal at the APWG meeting held at the Kenyatta University on 30t January 2016. He had been requested to edit the document and use the appropriate layout.
1. Sikitoka Mboni Nyanga DRC
2. Ricardo Benon Shona Zimbabwe
Migration of the website from Joomla to Word Press
The Moderator explained that the content management system had changed. The new installation was mobile telephone compliant, and that it would be effective in two weeks from the date of the meeting.
Promoting the African Proverbs, Saying and Stories Website, Poll and Facebook Page and WhatsApp
The Moderator continued to emphasize the importance of using the website to source for information, updating members on various issues, participating in the poll for a proverb choice, posting statements on the Facebook Page, and the importance of using the smartphone.
Proverbs of the Month 2016
It was confirmed that most members had already submitted their proverb of the month early.
June 2016 – Tembo (DRC) – Sikitoka Mboni
July 2016 – Nyaturu (Tanzania) – Cikuru Devotha
August 2016 – Turkana (Kenya) – Gabriel Odhiambo
September 2016 – Nyanga (DRC) – Sikitoka Mboni – not received yet
October 2016 – Chiga (Uganda) – Kevin Okubo
November 2016 – Kele (DRC) – Hondi Placide
December 2016 – Gusii (Kenya) – Evans Nyakundi
2016 Annual Membership Contributions
Further contributions were received from three members:
Boniface Musyoka Ksh.1,000.00
Jeanclaude Mboka Ksh.1,000.00
Hanna Hannah Rasmussen Ksh.3,026.00 – African Study Bible
Total: Ksh.5,026.00 – TOTAL
Any Other Business
The members appreciated Fr. Nelson Mwaka for hosting the meeting and for the sumptuous lunch provided at the Mazoldi House in Karen.